In Conflict there are those who choose to sit on the side and ignore or turn a blind eye to the situation at hand. Bystanders that do so are often overpowered by the pressures of conflict and are forced to take part in the conflict or create another further complicating the matters involved. When a Bystanders values and opinions are challenged indirectly they generally shrug the opposing value and opinion off, ignoring the actions or words that have challenge them, but an individual can only do this for so long, quickly falling into the pit of conflict.
During the Course of conflict there are also individuals that crumble to the persistent clashes, which can lead to one being so overwhelmed that they must choose a new path in order to continue, which may often create another conflict. Individuals may also be forced to take part in these rash situations in order to keep their higher prioritized values in a sense of calm, which is why some bystanders also turn towards the path of conflict.
However there are also those Bystanders who are indirectly the cause for the clashes; they may be the reason why another is involved in conflict or the reason why one must create conflict, making them a bystander in some sense, but included in another. People often find themselves engulfed in conflict whether they like it or not. Bystanders in conflict choose to sit on the edge and withstand or ignore the indirect missiles that set aim towards one’s values or opinions, whilst doing so they are only delaying the inevitable which is falling to the pressures of conflict.
This is much like Blackwood from the novel ‘The Secret River’ where he finds himself ignoring smasher’s rude and foul actions and remarks, up until a point where he can no longer withstand it caving in to the pressures of conflict erupting into a violent clash with smasher, Which is why bystanders who choose to sit on the edge of conflict only make it difficult for them to remain a bystanders regardless of the situation of conflict.
There are also those who choose to remain bystanders in conflict. These individuals often shield themselves from the situation at hand; however one can only do this for so long, until the ever persistent fists of conflict break through one’s barriers forcing them to choose whether or not they wish to remain in that certain clash. If an individual chooses not to stay in hat clash, they lead themselves on another path which can ultimately create a new conflict, an example of this may be from the character Dick from the novel ‘The secret River’ where he finds himself unable to withstand the actions of his father, and chooses to detach himself from his family, creating conflict with his father but remaining a bystander in the conflict against the aboriginals, Hence why it is often difficult to remain a bystander in any situation of conflict.
Although some are overwhelmed by the pressures of conflict and choose to create a new path that better suits one’s values or just simply fall into the trap of conflict, there are some that choose to join certain situations in order to keep the things they value the most. A perfect example of this would be the character William Thornhill from the novel ‘The Secret River’ who in order to save, Sal his beloved wife and his newly acquired land joins the group of farmers on a mission to exterminate the aboriginals, after so many years of trying to live side by side these so called ‘Savages’ which most farmers call them.
Hence the reason it is often difficult to remain a bystander in under the pressures of conflict. There are also those Bystanders who however are indirectly the cause for the clashes; they may be the reason why another is involved in conflict or the reason why one must create conflict, making them a bystander in some sense, but included in another. This is very much evident from the novel ‘The Secret River’ where we find Sal, Thornhill’s wife, a bystander who very much impacts the way Thornhill engages himself in the conflict.
Although she is not taking a direct stance in the clash she is feeding the fire causing Thornhill to take part in the massacre of the aboriginals, ultimately playing a part in the conflict but remaining a bystander at the same time, which is why although it may be difficult to remain a bystander in conflict there are those who can slip between the cracks to avoid being in the centre of conflict. In conclusion it is at most times very hard to remain a bystander in any situation of conflict, as Bystanders with their shields guarding there values and opinions are often overpowered and by the pressures and forces of onflict and often fall crumbling to them, leading individuals down new paths of conflict, joining the ongoing conflict or simply tagging along to suit their other values and needs. However as hard as it may be to remain a bystander there are those who simply sit on fringes of conflict contributing to the matters at hand whilst not being directly involved in the situation, hence why it is difficult to remain a bystander at most times during the courses of conflict.